Thursday, November 02, 2006

Reynolds' Case Boils Down to 'He Said, She Said'

Herold Reynolds' $5 million wrongful termination lawsuit against ESPN will likely result in an out-of-court settlement in which the network essentially will pay Reynolds a nominal amount to just go away, allowing Reynolds to nominally clear his name. Reynolds would be wise to accept. Reynolds, 45, probably wouldn't dare roll the dice in a packed courtroom in which a judge or jury would have to choose between his and his unnamed accuser's credibility. Reynolds, a former Gold Glove winning second baseman and one of the best TV analysts in baseball, was fired last August after a female intern accused him of sexual harrassment, a behavior ESPN claimed fit Reynolds' pattern. Reynolds claims he only gave the intern an "innocuous hug," but jurors would probably learn more about Reynolds' behavior patterns and his decision to take the young lady to an expensive restaurant for dinner.